By the time you need to clean the commercial tank on a railroad, tanker car, it is too late to have made one of the decisions that can make cleaning that tank more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly. The best way to prepare for the eventual necessity of cleaning your rail car tank, both outside and inside, is to make sure that the surfaces are smooth and as resistant to collecting toxins as possible.
Methods to protect the tank's exterior
A commercial tank should be properly protected before it is put into use. Proper exterior tank protection can be done with a variety of mechanisms such as:
Methods to protect the tank's interior
The interior of the tank should also be protected prior to putting it into use; you can also protect it after thoroughly cleaning the tank. Tank liners are effective in reducing the adhesion of chemicals and particulates to the interior lining. These tank linings often are comprised of epoxy products for the same reason that epoxy-urethane is used on the outside of the tank car. Examples of interior tank liners include:
If you are preparing a tanker car to be re-lined (i.e., it is not brand new), then you have to make sure it is done properly before applying the new coating. Proper surface preparation involves:
Having the right interior and exterior coating is important to reduce the environmental impact of your rail cars, both in applying the coating and when cleaning the cars. If you have a lower friction coating, then it also cuts down on the time to clean your tanker car.
Contact a company like Steel View for more information and assistance.
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